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Programme Manager (Year of Childhood)

  • Full time
  • £31,709
  • Edinburgh - All staff are currently working from home
  • Closing 23rd November 2020

  • Advertised from 5th November 2020
  • 16 months (to start January 2021 at latest). 35 hours per week.


We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and dynamic Programme Manager for the Year of Childhood that we are hosting in 2021. The post holder will be able to quickly and effectively take up their role and make an immediate contribution to the organisation.

The Year of Childhood Programme Manager is a critical role responsible for the management, development, delivery and reporting of the portfolio of events, communications and strategic high-level partnerships that make up the Year of Childhood.

An excellent communicator and networker, the post holder will develop and lead a calendar of influencing events and media strategy to inspire Scotland to know, understand and deliver human rights for children. Children’s Parliament seeks to maintain a generous approach to our work and puts kindness, trust, empathy and respect at the heart of our work, internally and externally.

Overview of Programme:

2021 is an important year for Children’s Parliament as we celebrate our 25th birthday. It is also the year the Scottish Parliament is likely to incorporate the UNCRC into Scots Law, something that Children’s Parliament has been supporting and working towards for many years. In thinking of a fitting way to mark these significant milestones and drive the culture change to make children’s rights real in Scotland, we are hosting a Year of Childhood which will run from January – December 2021.

The Year of Childhood will bring together a network of organisations, public bodies and individuals who are willing to pledge their support to share good practice in the delivery of children’s human rights – this will include highlighting challenges, sharing opportunities for new ideas; and demonstrating the positive impact of children’s rights for everyone.

The Year of Childhood will consist of a portfolio of events, discussions, webinars and roundtables with a multi-faceted communications strategy to inspire, share information, generate conversation and ultimately help make human rights a reality for children in Scotland.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Develop and manage the delivery of Year of Childhood activity and maintain a master events calendar.
  • Ensure children’s meaningful participation and engagement of the development and review of the Year of Childhood programme, demonstrating in practice a children’s human rights-based approach to programme delivery.
  • Review the 25 years of Children’s Parliament’s work, identifying key content to support the Year of Childhood programme of activities.
  • Develop and deliver an inspiring and original communication strategy for Year of Childhood with a clear brand identity and a multi-faceted programme of media activity including a creative and engaging social media strategy.
  • Identify and confidently engage with high profile individuals and senior figures nationally and internationally with a view to securing their support for Year of Childhood events.
  • Work closely with sector colleagues, critical thinkers and unusual suspects to identify opportunities for the Year of Childhood calendar of events.
  • Ensure that the calendar of events and communication activities serves to amplify good practice in relation to children’s human rights from across Scotland and internationally.
  • Ensure effective and creative recording of Year of Childhood activities.
  • Develop and maintain an effective monitoring and evaluation system to highlight where impact is being made.
  • Produce an end of year report which reflects the creativity, passion and inspiration of the Year of Childhood.
  • Support and manage a Year of Childhood project worker.
  • Manage the Year of Childhood budget which requires a full understanding of programme finances and delivery within budgetary parameters.
  • Work as part of the Children’s Parliament team and ensure a close liaison with Co-Directors and Head of Programmes, keeping them abreast of delivery, developments and challenges.
  • Recognise and create new opportunities for the Year of Childhood, securing funding and partnership agreements for new opportunities.

The above list of duties is not exhaustive.

Application notes

Please read and consider the Job Description for this post before you start your application. We will prioritise applicants for interview who focus on the requirements outlined in the person specification.

Please complete all sections of the Application Form and the Equal Opportunities Form and return as word documents by email to:

Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Monday 23 November 2020

Interviews for this post will be held on Thursday 3 December 2020. Interviews will be held by Zoom.

If you would like any further information about this post, please contact: Rona Blackwood, Head of Programmes